Updated By: Kara Duffy
January 29, 2014
Thomas County, GA- Officials in Thomas County say Wednesday morning started off smooth, but as the day went on, they say conditions worsened on the roadways.
"We had very little or no incidents until around 7:00 this morning; we had a couple of vehicles that encountered some ice on our state routes," said Thomas County Fire and Rescue Chief and EMA Director, Chris Jones.
"I actually witnessed one spin out in an area I was working in this morning; before daylight, no one was hurt, no damage," added Captain Steve Jones with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
Representatives from several agencies in the city and county met again Wednesday morning for a weather briefing and planning session.
As a precautionary measure, Thomas County Public Works crews and Georgia DOT employees headed Wednesday to apply another layer of sand to several bypasses and bridges in the Northern part of the county.
"We partially opened our Emergency Operations Center for the sole purpose of being able to communicate between the agencies; between public works, the city agencies, the county agencies and keeping our emergency responders informed on what's going on as far as road conditions," Chief Jones said.
Officials say at this time they have not encountered any electrical issues. However, they're still asking folks to avoid hitting the roads if at all possible.
"Through Friday, drive as if every bridge you approach could have some ice on it," said Captain Jones. "Hang up, buckle up and slow down."
According to Thomas County EMA: Icy Roads/Bridges in Thomas County:
By: Kara Duffy
January 28, 2014
Thomas County, GA- It's something you don't see often in Thomas County; Pubic Works trucks patrolling the area, dumping sand onto roads and along bridges.
"One of the thing's we're going to focus on is our bridges in the rural parts of the county, they're on the roads that are less traveled," said Thomas County Fire and Rescue Chief and EMA Director, Chris Jones.
Emergency officials say it's all in an effort to be prepared for the possibility of freezing rain or ice brought on by a winter storm.
At a meeting Tuesday morning, representatives from several agencies in the city and county met to get a game plan in case of severe weather.
"The main thing that we try to focus on is keeping all the agencies communicating together," Chief Jones said. "We know that if we all just communicate and work together on the planning side of it, then we can respond to and mitigate anything that comes our way."
Over the next 24 hours, crews will sand at least 30 bridges. They say they'll also be gearing up for the possibility of any electrical issues a winter storm could bring.
"If the rain gets on the trees then freezes, it could possibly take down a power line so we have crews on standby," explained Tony Wooten, the Thomas County Public Works Director.
"One key thing that we want to ask all of our people within our county is to be prepared to shelter in place, with or without utilities, because we're uncertain if we will have any power outages," Jones added.
Grady County EMA officials say they're also sanding roads and bridges in their area in preparation for any wintry weather headed our way.